If you were asked to name a single industry that was one of the leading causes of climate change, water pollution, deforestation, and resource depletion, what would you guess? Perhaps the oil and gas industry?
The answer is the animal agribusiness industry. This might seem shocking to a lot of people, especially if you look around at the products at the grocery store. How could Old MacDonald be destroying the environment?
There are currently 9 billion animals raised and killed for food every year in the U.S., 99% of them on factory farms. All of those animals are eating, burping, and pooping. And that’s where the environmental issues come in. They’re eating GMO soy and corn grown on deforested land, farting and burping greenhouse gases 200x worse for the climate than CO2, and pooping millions of tons of manure that leeches into local waterways.
But there’s good news! Our food choices have a tremendous environmental impact. That’s why this Earth Day, FFAC set out to talk to people about how changing our eating habits is one of the easiest & most delicious ways to go green(er).
We tabled at four separate Earth Day events on Saturday alone. Volunteers in San Francisco, Berkeley, Sacramento, and Santa Rosa talked to hundreds of people about the power of our food choices, and handed out the Humane Society’s Meat-Free Meals Guide and our brand new infographic.
In addition to tabling, our Executive Director Katie Cantrell spoke at San Francisco Earth Day, and our Outreach Volunteer Katherine Brousseau spoke on a panel at Berkeley Vegan Earth Day.
You can help spread the word by sharing our new infographic with your friends, and by e-mailing email@example.com to schedule a presentation for your school, community group, business, or non-profit.